Otaki Library, July 2016

R_KCDC-Library-bannerKia ora from the Otaki Public Library – Te Wharepukapuka o Otaki

JL16_LIB_Trail_of_echoesTrail of Echoes

by Rachel Howzell Hall

On a rainy spring day in Los Angeles, homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton is called away from a rare lunch date to Bonner Park, where the body of thirteen-year-old Chanita Lords has been discovered.

When Lou and her partner, Colin Taggert, take on the sad task of informing Chanita’s mother, Lou is surprised to find herself in the apartment building she grew up in.

Chanita was interested in photography and, much like Lou, a girl destined to leave the housing projects behind. Her death fits a chilling pattern of exceptional girls — dancers, artists, honors scholars-gone recently missing in the same school district, the one Lou attended not so long ago.

Lou is valiantly trying to make a go of life after her divorce and doing everything she can to avoid her long estranged father. She races to catch a serial killer, but he remains frustratingly out of her reach, sending cryptic cyphers and taunting clues that arrive too late to prevent the next death. This one is personal, and it’s only a matter of time before he comes after Lou herself.

JL16_LIB_They_are_trying_to_break_your_heartThey Are Trying to Break Your Heart

by David Savill

In 1994, Marko Novak’s world is torn apart by the death of his best friend during the Bosnian war.

After the funeral, Marko flees to England, hoping to put his broken homeland, and the part he played in the loss of his friend, behind him.

In 2004, human rights researcher Anya Teal is following a tenuous lead in the hunt for a Bosnian man with blood on his hands. She is also clinging to the hope that she can rebuild a relationship with her first love, William Howell.

When Anya invites Will to join her on a Christmas holiday in the Thai beach resort of Kao Lak, she hopes the holiday will offer them the chance to unpick the mistakes of their past. However, Kao Lak may also be home to the man Anya is looking for. What no-one can know, is that a disaster as destructive as a war is approaching.

It is a disaster that will connect the fates of Marko, William and Anya, across the years and continents. In its wake, everything Marko thought he knew, will be overturned.

JL16_LIB_The_Perplexing_theft_of_the_jewel_in_the_crownThe Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

by Vaseem Khan

Following on from The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, this is the second book in the Baby Ganesh series.

For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess.

So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone’s principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose.

The heist was daring and seemingly impossible. The hunt is on for the culprits. But it soon becomes clear that only one man — and his elephant — can possibly crack this case…

JL16_LIB_Britt-Marie_was_hereBritt-Marie Was Here

by Fredrik Backman

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It’s not that she’s judgemental, or fussy, or difficult — she just expects things to be done in a certain way.

A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We’re not animals, are we?

But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.

So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared.

But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she’s ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.